The Bridge Project marches for an end to violence

CREATED Apr 12, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - It’s been a very violent week in Milwaukee. Saturday, community organizations and leaders joined forces to put an end to crime and violence. They realize police can't do it alone. More than one hundred people marched together as part of "The Bridge Project."

Bridges are symbols of unity. They connect places, and people. As they walked across the Father James E. Groppi Unity Bridge earlier, it was a powerful moment of the community coming together.

The two groups on opposite sides of the bridge forged ahead, their cheers getting stronger with each step they took.

"If we show that we can come together,” explains organizer Dawn Barnett. “If we show that we can walk together, then we can start acting together."

The crowd met in the middle, bridging the gap and symbolically, building a bridge of peace.

The campaign to end violence is especially meaningful for Dae Hill, who lost his cousin.

"He died of a gunshot wound to the chest in an attempted robbery of his vehicle,” says Hill. “I myself was also shot at the age of six in my arm. It was a random shooting."

District Attorney John Chisholm knows how important a movement like the Bridge Project is.

“Every connection we make binds this community together and is going to make this a safer place in the future," says Chisholm.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett encouraged the crowd to not only demonstrate against the increasing violence, but to do something about it.

"If people see individuals who they know cannot legally possess a gun, for example, call it in,” explains Barrett. “You're not doing them any favors."

Hill tells TODAY’S TMJ4 that a lot of his family members became depressed after all the violence they witnessed.

But Saturday’s demonstration fills him with hope that there can be a positive change.